Life as a Lean Six Sigma Production Execution Superintendent
We spoke to Quentin Berrange about working in the mining industry in Africa. He focuses on the Production / Plant environment on various mining projects in South Africa. He kindly gave us insight into
- Tell us about the skills do you have…
My skills as a Production Execution Superintendent include all the following:
- Operations and Production Management
- Business Improvement
- Performance Management
- Process Optimisation
- Change Management
- Six Sigma
- What inspired you to get into this industry?
My interest is everything about Furnaces and how it works.
- What did you study in order to establish yourself?
- National Diploma and B-Tech in Metallurgical Engineering
- Certificate in Management
- Professional Certificate in Operations
I utilised my knowledge of Metallurgical concepts, furnace experience as well as my business improvement experience to worked myself up from Trainee Process Operator to Superintendent.
Let’s talk salary…
- In this line of work, what can a trainee expect to earn?
Anything around the region of R200 000 per annum
- What salary can someone with, say, 10 years of experience in this field, expect to earn?
R 450 000 per annum
- What advice can you offer to people who are interested in a career in Mining?
I read a quote which I try to implement in my life and I absolutely live by: “You cannot climb the corporate ladder of success with your hands in your pockets”.
- Is there a country in Africa that you think is the “next hot spot”? Why?
Definitely Nigeria! The country is rapidly advancing and scale of real growth stands second only to government plans. Key supporting factors will be the huge, young and urbanised population, large oil and gas reserves, an increasingly diversified economy and enormous transport infrastructure projects.
- What’s your outlook for mining in the next 5 years?
I think that market conditions are very poor and prices are depressed which is making it very difficult for businesses in the Manganese industry to keep on producing. Manganese-SA will have to establish itself at the bottom of the cost curve again.
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